|This article is about a/an villain in Power Rangers (2017), a different continuity than the TV series.|
Rita Repulsa is a former Power Ranger who turned against her team. She was the original Green Ranger in Zordon's team and continues to use the Green Ranger powers in conjunction with her own.
In the Cenozoic Period of Earth, the Green Ranger, Rita Repulsa came to the planet to take the Zeo Crystal, a powerful artifact with which she could harness the power of life or death. However, its extraction would render all life on Earth extinct. Rita's plan was to create Goldar, a golden monster that could pull the Zeo Crystal from Earth's surface. Zordon's original team of Power Rangers stood against her, but they ultimately lost the fight, as Rita managed to kill all but Zordon himself. In a last-ditch effort to stop her, Zordon ordered Alpha 5 to redirect a meteor in her and Goldar's direction. The blast destroyed Goldar, caused Rita to become comatose with her body withering away at the bottom of the ocean, and rendered the dinosaurs extinct.
In the present day, five of the Power Coins find new wielders, and as the Green Coin follows, it rises from the depths, clutched by Rita's desiccated body which led to her be fished out of the ocean by the fishermen led by Jason's father and stored in their boat.
On the next morning, the newly resusciated Rita killed the police officer who called by Jason's father in response of the discovery. Due to her Green Coin's powers barely kept her alive all these milion years albeit reduced her into a barely living mummy of her former self, Rita set out to find more gold in order to fully restore her body, power, and mind. She did so by stealing golden jewelry from anyone she come across and more than often, killing them in brutal and somewhat animalistic manner. Her murders made the news all over the Angel Grove where the public labeled her as Angel Grove's Gold Killer through her motives of killing.
After some killings, Rita stumbled upon the town's jewelry store full of golden jewelry. She then proceeds to threaten the shop proprietor to give her all of available golden jewelry and consume some portion of them, much to the proprietor's disgust. As her body and mind gradually recover with amount of gold she consumed, Rita used the rest to reforge her golden staff to house her Green Coin. By the time she just finished, a police officer attempted to arrest her, prompting her to frighten him to the point of him shot her with his shotgun in close range. Amused with the officer's valiant effort to subdue her, Rita, with confidence and both body and mind fully restored, summons a Putty out of concrete floor in the store before both of them killed the officer and left, leaving the store consumed in fiery explosion.
She later invades the home of Trini Kwan, the Yellow Ranger and attempts to find out from her where the Zeo Crystal is. She discovers that while Trini does not have it, one of the other Rangers knows its location. She morphs into her battle-damaged Ranger costume to show Trini who she was and reveals she's killed the Yellow Ranger before her.
The Rangers meet her at the docks in an attempt to kill her, but lacking the ability to morph, she defeats the team handily, binding the Rangers in ropes. She threatens to kill Zack if Billy does not give up the location of the Crystal. Billy tells her. Realizing that Zordon would lose respect for her if she doesn't kill at least one of them, she kills Billy by dropping him in the water and strangling him.
Rita, with her gold manipulation powers restored goes to the mine where Goldar's been dispersed and begins to reform him. She also sends putties to where Zordon's command ship could be to distract the Power Rangers, only to be met with resistance. The Rangers battle Rita, her putties, and Goldar with their Zords. Kimberly destroys Goldar by launching the Triceratops Zord with Billy in it through Goldar. However, Rita only restores him. As Goldar seems to have the upper hand, the Rangers discover they could form the Megazord. The Megazord and Goldar, with Rita "controlling" him as a sort of Zord, battle, with Goldar losing. Rita is angered at the prospect of losing and Zordon judging her for her deeds and charges towards the Megazord, only to be met with a backhand slap from the giant robot, which sends her flying into the vacuum of space, with the power coin separating from her.
In space, near the moon, Rita smiles as she freezes in the vastness. It is unknown if she can be revived.
Rita believes she is a worthy Ranger, even after her fall from grace. It is not stated explicitly why she turned evil, but it can be assumed that she was corrupted by lust for the power of the Zeo Crystal. Her ambitions saw her mercilessly cut down her former team, scorning Zordon for not wanting to share the Zeo Crystal's power. Even Zordon described her as a purely evil being, which is befitting, considering what she had become nowadays.
Rita is both a textbook psychopath and a megalomaniac all in one being. Possessed of delusions of grandeur, she ruthlessly slaughters everyone and everything that stands in her way in pursuit of her ambition. Homicidal and unstable, Rita takes sadistic pleasure in tormenting her foes with almost savage and murderous satisfaction, delaying the inevitable for moments, keeping her victims uncertain when and how she will choose to end them. Rita's psychosis also is characterized by her almost childish and possibly even animalistic mirth, often accentuating her posture and facial expressions with wide, hungry eyes and a bloodthirsty smile, as seen by her prodding and manipulating her foes over their vital organs. Like a serial killer, she takes great pride in her body count, reminiscing about how she killed the previous Yellow Ranger after breaking into Trini's house with the intent to kill her.
She has a sick, twisted sense of humor and frequently belittles the Rangers' abilities, displaying immense arrogance. However, given that she was solely responsible for the deaths of the previous Rangers to the point of Zordon committing to a murder-suicide scorched-earth strategy to beat her, her confidence in her own abilities is well founded. However, despite the impressive resume that she has paved over her enemies' corpses, Rita's nerves of steel do have their limits. When she discovers that they are a real threat to her, she is furious, abandoning any and all semblance of composure.
She also sees herself as an outsider in Zordon's Power Ranger team.
Video game appearances
Power Rangers Legacy Wars
Rita Repulsa is among the villains who feature in Power Rangers Legacy Wars.
- Staff: Rita's weapon of choice made of pure gold which allows her to reconstruct rocks and gold and make semi-sentient beings out of them. Its powers works properly once completed and embedded with her Power Coin.
- Green Power Coin: Like other Power Coins, Rita's Green Power Coin gives her super strength and other superhuman capabilities typical Power Ranger had and allows access to morph into her armor.
- Staff: Rita's weapon of choice made of pure gold which allows her to reconstruct rocks and gold and make semi-sentient beings out of them. Its powers work properly once completed and embedded with her Power Coin.
- Green Power Coin: Like other Power Coins, Rita's Green Power Coin gives her super strength and other superhuman capabilities typical Power Ranger had, allows the access to morph into armor and presumably, the Morphing Grid.
Powers and abilities
- Green Ranger Morph: With her Power Coin, Rita possesses superpowers typical to Power Rangers such as:
- Superhuman Strength: Rita has a considerable level of superhuman strength.
- Superhuman Leaps: Rita is able to use her superhuman strength to perform super jumps, as shown when she leapt towards the Megazord.
- Superhuman Durability: Rita's body is superhumanly durable, to the point that she cannot be physically harmed by ordinary humans. She was relatively unharmed by an almost point blank shotgun blast, as she was only knocked down for a few seconds.
- Morphing: Rita is able to morph on her own, though it appears her morph no longer completes all the way.
- Superhuman Strength: Rita has a considerable level of superhuman strength.
- Geokinesis: Rita is able to create golems from rocks and earth called Putties as an animate army.
- Gold Manipulation: Rita can also create creatures out of gold and control gold as a liquid-like substance. She uses this to recreate her staff and create Goldar.
- Revitalization: Rita can revitalize her body and mind by consuming enough gold.
- Telekinesis: Rita is able to make objects move and carry themselves only with the strength of her mind. Any objects that fall under her telekinetic control glow in a green hue.
- Claws: Rita's nails can grow into sharp talons that can scratch metal. The claws are also reinforced by thick layers of gold which make them effective slashing weapons.
- Skilled Combatant: As a Ranger herself, Rita is trained to do battle. Her skills were such that she effectively was the equivalent of five fully-trained Rangers, as she was solely responsible for the deaths of Zordon's entire team.
Behind the Scenes
- Rita is portrayed by Elizabeth Banks, and voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro in the Japanese dub. Coincidentally, both actresses had voiced Wyldstyle/Lucy in The LEGO Movie and its sequel, The Second Part.
- Her suit actor is Sharon Simms, credited as "Green Ranger (prologue)"
Differences from the TV version
- In the show, Rita was shown as a sorceress who led an army of aliens against Zordon. In the movie, it is shown that she was originally Zordon's Green Ranger, but later went rogue.
- In the show, Rita was imprisoned in a space dumpster 10,000 years ago, being discovered by astronauts on the moon at the start of the series. In the movie, she was killed and imprisoned in the ocean 65,000,000 years ago while an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs. She was later recovered by a fishing boat, thus resurrecting her in a severely weakened state.
- Rita has no base of operations in the movie, instead attacking various targets in an attempt to regain full strength.
- Compared to the original Rita Repulsa, the movie version's Rita is far more bloodthirsty, aggresive, sadistic, and unstable than the other comical, incompetent Rita from the TV show.
- Whenever she makes a surprise attack, the attack is preceded by water falling from above.
- It is very likely that this is a reference to how the Dragonzord in the show would usually rise from a nearby body of water when summoned.
- Rita's line in the trailer "I've killed Rangers before" was different in the film- "I've killed a Yellow Ranger before." as a personal threat to Trini.
- Rita lifts the line "Make my monster grow!" straight from the TV show.
- In Krispy Kreme, Rita Repulsa hears Destiny's Child's "Survivor", which humorously reflects her current state as a survivor of her war with Zordon.
- Rita's association with ropes and gold recalls the design aesthetic of her original TV character design.
- Her Zord, though presumed to be the Dragonzord, is not revealed in the film. However, the Green Power Coin (in close ups) does have a Western Dragon etching.
- She is a playable character in Power Rangers Legacy Wars.
- At the 2018 VMAs, Nicki Minaj was holding Rita Repulsa's staff as part of her wardrobe during her performance.
- She is the first female Green Ranger in Power Rangers.
- Power Rangers/Power Rangers: The Official Movie Novel
- Power Rangers: Aftershock (mentioned only)
- Power Rangers Legacy Wars
- Power Rangers Legacy Wars - Street Fighter Showdown (Indirect mention only)
- Rita Repulsa - the basis of the character from the TV show
- Witch Bandora - the character from which 'Rita Repulsa' was originally based.
- Tommy Oliver - as terms of being the Green ranger.
- Yamato Tribe Knight Burai/DragonRanger - the character from which 'Tommy Oliver' was originally based.
- Captain Ryuya - in terms of being a former Ranger fallen to the side of evil.
|Jason Scott - Zack Taylor - Billy Cranston - Trini - Kimberly Hart|
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|Zordon - Alpha 5 - Sam Scott - Beverly Scott - Candace Cranston - June - Trini's Dad|
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|T-Rex Battle Zord - Mastodon Battle Zord - Triceratops Battle Zord - Sabertooth Battle Zord - Pterodactyl Battle Zord|
|Goldar - Putties|
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